Hi pop pickers! Welcome to my Man Cave which today is full of germs from my Man Flu. Just be careful to clean the screen once you have ‘enjoyed’ casting a critical eye over this week’s music shuffle. Yes, ten tunes chosen at random by my music making machine (portable telephone, to you and me) which I then tell you about.
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- Queen of All Saints by Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band. Liverpool’s criminally underrated, yet sublimely talented, singer songwriter, Michael ‘Mick’ Head of Shack fame, with a great song from 2017s Adios Senor Pussycat.
- Witness (1 Hope) by Roots Manuva. Any song whose lyrics include ‘ten pints of bitter’ and ‘cheese on toast’ is good enough for me. Brilliant old school hip hop.
- I’m Only Dreaming by the Small Faces. Lovely from the great Steve Marriott and the boys.
- Sugar Sugar by the Archies. Classic bubblegum co-written by Andy ‘Rock Me Gently’ Kim, who also sings background vocals.
- Oasis by Jordan Rakei. Lush contemporary blue eye soul/R&B from the hugely talented Kiwi, from his 2019 album Origin. Essential.
- Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey by Paul and Linda McCartney. Apparently, the song is part of unused Abbey Road material, appearing on Macca’s 1971 album Ram. So many sound effects, including rain, thunder and seabirds. Used in an episode of Only Fools and Horses. I think it’s quite magnificent.
- Mutineer by Warron Zeavon. Much more to the late, great Warren than Werewolves of London. This is the title track of his 1995 album Mutineer, oddly enough.
- Anthem by Rush. What a wonderful noise from their Fly By Night album.
- Do You Feel Like Movin’ by Joe Vitale. Fantastic track from one of my all time favourite albums by my friend (and he really is) Joe Vitale. Joe’s old buddy Joe Walsh features on here.
- The Late Great Johnny Ace by Paul Simon. This beauty, from Simon’s Hearts and Bones album, includes references to blues great Johnny Ace (obviously), John Lennon and John F Kennedy.
That’s all, folks!